"I am trying to check my habits of seeing, to counter them for the sake of greater freshness. I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I'm doing." - John Cage

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Hello 2021!

Yesterday I ski-ed up Sagehen way, a chilly and breathtaking late afternoon in the quiet forest. A John Haines kind of snowy wilderness feel, the mystery around the how of it all. 

I was turned on to Haines' poetry at a reading in honor of his work at an AWP conference years ago. Baron Wormser presented a great teaching of The Long Rain at a workshop at Sierra Nevada University. Haines' poems are spare, with wide open spaces. They hold plenty of room for me.

Another book that welcomes me into wide clean spaces is A Door in the Mountain by Jean Valentine, who passed from our world last night. She wrote her poem Sanctuary, a poem eerily relevant in the new context of 2020, in 2004. The lines in this poem are abbreviated, interrupted, a bit lost, questioning - and brave. Her poem makes me feel better about my own experiences with isolation in the time of Covid.

Tangled Roots Writing offers a new winter schedule of workshops beginning in January 2021:

  • Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop 6 week series: 2/1 - 3/8 and 3/15 - 4/19
  • Second Thursdays Master Class in Revision for Fiction and Nonfiction:1/7, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, and 6/10
  • First Thursdays Master Class in Revision for Fiction and Nonfiction: 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6, and 6/3
  • new 3 hour  themed workshops
I offer customized manuscript review, workshops, developmental editing, and individual writing coaching for book projects and business writing, including editing and coaching for blogs, newsletters, website content, and social media.

Literary events in our community:

Nevada County Arts hosts events, workshops, informative sessions, and supports artists throughout Nevada County.

This year the Sierra Writers Conference features two keynote speakers, James Mc Bride and Dr. Bettina Love. The 2021 Sierra Writers Conference theme—Empowering Voices—and Owl butterfly symbol speak to rebirth after a year of tumultuous change and the process by which we develop as writers.

Sierra Nevada College’s Writers in the Woods brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for intimate readings and workshops, where audience members can meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers.

Word After Word bookshop presents open mics, workshops, author readings, and the best book recommendations ever - go talk with one of their booksellers. They are between the fudge shop and the wine shop in downtown Truckee.

The Community of Writers offers a virtual valley of events this summer so take a look at their website - don't miss out!

Please read my blog for more information on the latest workshops with Tangled Roots Writing, or call me at 530-386-3901 to chat about your writing goals. I would love to help you reach them.

Happy writing!
Karen Terrey

Friday, November 6, 2020

As nights lengthen, turn on your creative light - new series starts 11/16


Virtual! Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop: 6 week series 11/16 - 12/21

This creative series is the most popular and longest-running workshop I offer. A fun and generative workshop for artists, writers, journalers, journalists, bloggers, beginners and experienced writers alike. Do you wish you wrote more? Want to feel a sense of community when you write? Want to start a book or finish a book? This series also supports Nanowrimo participants! Craft, technique, and prompts for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A kick in the butt for your writing life! Waiting for inspiration is also called procrastination.  So don't wait - connect with a community and improve your writing practice. 6 week series Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm. Sliding scale $100 - $160

Friday, August 28, 2020

Starting 9/17 Revision Workshop for Fiction and Memoir


Revision Workshop for Fiction and Memoir: Exploring prose

Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, and June 10

In this intimate workshop, the goal is to revise your first draft by pushing further to the next level, strengthening your writing skills, and simultaneously exploring meaning in your writing. This workshop is deadline- and goal-oriented to complete the next draft of a project for publication.  You will get professional feedback for developing the heart of the subject as well as the structure and organization of your project. Learn techniques to creatively unearth what really matters so that your writing stands out as surprising and original to an editor.  Expect readings and deadlines to keep you accountable and move your writing forward. We will meet on Zoom 5-8 pm. $240 for four months.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Virtual Workshop Series: Tools to Write a Blog that Stands Out in a Crowd

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor – Anne Lamott
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.   - Elmore Leonard

This series includes guidance from an editor, discussion of your specific questions and detailed notes for each workshop and most importantly, the power of joining a community of writers.

In this workshop series we will learn techniques to:

·         Find your blog’s purpose
·         Create juicy content
·         Build traffic and community
·         Make time to blog
·         Connect with your audience
·         Techniques to write quality content in less time
·         Develop Purpose and Audience
·         Revitalize a blog
·         Edit your own blog posts
$75 includes workshop 6/17 and 6/24 plus one 30-minute coaching session for your blog
Part 1 Workshop Wednesday 6/17 6:30 pm – 8 pm  
Part 2 Workshop Wednesday 6/24 6:30 pm – 8 pm  
Part 3 30-minute coaching session completed before 6/29

Monday, April 27, 2020

Literary Submissions, Artist Residencies, and Publication Workshops: Tips and Trends in an era of physical distancing

A Series of Virtual Workshops

In a supportive community of writers, discuss tips and trends for submitting your work out into the world. Learn where to research resources for finding the best venue for a writing project and how to prepare a manuscript. If you are ready, push the SUBMIT button!  

$65 for all 3, otherwise $25 each

The workshop series will include the latest info in this new environment of physical distancing:
  • where to find the resources you need to get published in all genres
  •  guidance from an editor
  • discussion of your specific questions
  • detailed notes for each workshop
  •  the power of joining a community of writers
Workshop #1 Wednesday 5/6 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Literary magazine submissions, chapbooks, and contests for all genres

Workshop #2 Saturday 5/16 10:00 am -11:30 am
Writer residencies, conferences, and workshop opportunities in the era of physical distancing for all genres

Workshop #3 Wednesday 5/20 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Author Platform and Options for Publication for all genres